Just a week after the world wondered whether it'd be possible to accept Tom Cruise as someone other than himself in "Mission: Impossible III," along came the new Lindsay Lohan movie.
Fortunately, "Just My Luck" didn't require a lot of acting on the part of the teen star; the bulk of her performance is handled by her wardrobe, her hair, and her shoes: The more dressed-down she is, and the more mussed her locks get, the more she's learning to be a better person.
"Just My Luck" is a princess-and-the-pauper story, with Lohan playing a rising publicist, and the luckiest girl in New York, who watches her world turn upside down when she unwittingly trades fates with the unluckiest boy in New York at a masked ball event. (The boy is played by Chris Pine, who could be Adrian Grenier from "Entourage," except that he wears glasses.)
Suddenly, cabs are splashing her instead of stopping for her, and her boss hates her, and she keeps tripping over everything. As Lohan tries to find the guy and rebalance her universe, the usual wacky mishaps ensue, involving a couple of epic pratfalls, various sprayed fluids and some really nasty cat litter, all set to the music of up-and-coming band McFly, a British quartet who have the uncannily manufactured sound of Bowling for Soup, Blink-182, and whatever the kids are listening to these days.
The whole thing is deeply disposable, but not exactly bad although director Donald Petrie still doesn't seem to care about anything in his frame, "Just My Luck" has a sight more charm and zip than his last couple of prefab rom-coms, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" and "Welcome to Mooseport." There's a spark of intelligence to the screenplay, and a host of charming supporting performances from Bree Turner and Samaire Armstrong (as Lohan's sidekicks), Faison Love (as a recording mogul) and Missi Pyle (as Lohan's angular boss).
It's not a classic or anything, but at least it's better than "Herbie: Fully Loaded," and maybe that's all we need right now.
Fox's flipper DVD offers a choice of full-frame and enhanced-widescreen presentations, each with its own set of extras -- the full-frame side offering a three-minute look at the production and a trio of deleted scenes, while the widescreen side features a profile of the camera-ready funsters of McFly that runs a full nine minutes, dude!
You'd think there'd be a commentary track so Lohan might giggle her way into her fans' hearts all over again, but ... no such luck.
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2006
TIME: 103 minutes
DVD EXTRAS: French and Spanish audio dubs; English and Spanishsubtitles; deleted scenes; production featurettes.